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DeMar DeRozan mourns father’s passing in heartfelt Instagram post

DeMar DeRozan will navigate the rest of the 2020-21 NBA season with a heavy heart, as the San Antonio Spurs star has lost a beloved member of his family and cherished role model.

DeRozan confirmed in an Instagram post shared Friday morning that his father, Frank, has died.

“Words won’t serve justice to what you meant to me. Never missed a game, a practice, a opportunity to show me what a great father was,” a mourning DeRozan wrote. “You pushed me my whole life to be able to withstand the roughest of times. Never seen you complain nor fold. All I cared about was making you proud. Over the past 3 years I seen you display the ultimate measure of a man fighting to the end. Wish I could tell you thank you one last time. Rest well Big Dog! Love you Dad…”

According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News, Frank DeRozan passed away in Los Angeles following “a prolonged illness.”

DeRozan missed two Spurs road games earlier this season for personal reasons. He traveled to California to spend time with his ill father and his family before returning for San Antonio’s Jan. 14 game against the Houston Rockets.

DeRozan’s close bond with his father was well known in league circles.